Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Toddler Art Workshop With Jelly Bean Attic {Review}

Recently, Little An attended two art sessions conducted by Jelly Bean Attic. Both sessions were held at the Singapore Pinacotheque de Paris Museum at Fort Canning and the focus was on process art. This means that the process is valued more than the product. Creativity, as well as fine and gross motor skills, is promoted.

Both sessions that An attended were based on stories. During the first session, Marlina the facilitator read the story 'The Rainbow Fish'. The children seemed captivated by the graphics in the book, so when it came to craft time, they were eager to begin.


While the materials were being arranged neatly, the children in attendance admired the shiny sequins. I saw An eyeing the eyes.


The children were given jumping clay to make the rainbow fish. I thought it was too difficult for An to mould the clay into the shape of a fish, so I did that for her. The subsequent steps were simple enough. An decorated the fish with the materials provided, much to her delight. As expected, she could not wait to place the eye on the fish. In fact, she wanted to place two eyes on it, even though the fish looked two-dimensional.


The task was completed quickly so Marlina gave more clay to the children to make more sea creatures. This time, An chose to make sea stars. Marlina also showed the children how to combine different colours to make new colours and how to create a marbled effect by squishing two colours together.


Little An combined red and blue clay to form her favourite coloured clay. This was the completed art piece:


After the session, Marlina showed us the beautifully decorated corridor outside the studio. We also explored an interactive wall on the first level of museum and Little An was amused by the features. She went home feeling very happy indeed. As a testament to the success of the literary approach used, An requested to watch I-Theatre's The Rainbow Fish production when she saw the advertisement in a magazine. 



The second art session was enjoyable too. This time, Sharon was the facilitator. Sharon was gentle with the children, just as Marlina was. She narrated the story 'Mister Seahorse' by Eric Carle. I love this informative story by Eric Carle although Little An seemed a little distracted this time. 

When it came to art time, An perked up. The children were supposed to colour a seahorse, not using the usual medium. They were given crepe paper and water. The colour from the crepe paper would run when it interacted with water and that was the basis of the task ahead. The children had a tall order as the sample shown was very pretty: 


I felt the procedures were simple enough for the children to follow. They had to tear the crepe paper and arrange the pieces on the pre-cut seahorse. Then they used a paintbrush to dab the crepe paper with water so that the colour would run.



 This was An's finished product:


I did help with the backdrop but An applied glue onto the materials herself. 

Once again, it was a fruitful session. We were even given extra crepe paper to bring home so we could continue to work on more art pieces. 

If you are interested to attend these parent-accompanied toddler art sessions, do visit  https://jellybeanattic.wordpress.com/2015/12/22/toddler-art-workshop-at-the-museum/ or email Sharon at jellybeanattic@gmail.com for more information. At a glance, the workshops are held every Friday at the Singapore Pinacotheque de Paris Museum from 10 to 11 a.m. Individual session costs $35 but if you sign up for 10 sessions, each session will be priced at $30. Enjoy! 

Note: We attended the art workshop for the purpose of this review. No monetary compensation was received. 

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